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Fatimah Awad

Fatimah Awad

posted onDecember 13, 2017

My name is Fatimah Awad and I have my master in nursing practice and currently obtaining my doctorate. I lead and organize medical missions in the Middle East. I use social media to recruit medical professionals, volunteers, and for donations to help buy medicines and medical supplies. We go to refugee camps and poverty areas and set up acute care clinic to provide medical and humanitarian aid. I do this every 3-4 months for the past 3 years. I was inspired by a boy named Wassem Shalouf from Gaza. Wassem is a 7-year-old boy from a refugee camp in Gaza and was born with a congenital deformity and was not able to walk. He traveled to Washington and stayed with me until he received treatment and prosthetics legs. He is now walking for the first time in his life. He changed my life he opened my eyes to things I was never aware of. Children like Wassem living in camps and poverty areas are deprived of the simplest basic human needs. He was not able to receive basic medical care and basic human needs. After he left back to Gaza I decided to visit refugee camps in the middle east. I was in shock and heartbroken from what I saw in the camps. I decided to start medical acute care clinics in the camps and provide free care and aid every 4 months. I Have lead 9 successful medical missions in Lebanon, Palestine, and in Jordan. Every medical professional and volunteer donates their specialty and time to aid in these missions and pay their own expenses and way to help these people in need. I want to thank them personally because we need more people like them who are selfless and want to help the helpless.



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